Here's a little peek at what we did…
We learned about the Plains Tribes - and how important it was for them to live in Teepees so they could follow the buffalo herds. My students used symbols to decorate their teepees.
We painted rugs and made weavings for the Southwest Tribes. The beads were Wampum from the Northeast Tribes. I died macaroni noodles and the students made patterns and designed their own necklaces.
I have to admit when we first started this activity I thought I made a mistake and my second graders were too young. But boy did they surprise me on how quick they caught on to the weaving part. Next year I will be sure to set up the plates and "loom" ahead of time so all they have to do is the weaving part. I am very pleased at how beautiful they turned out!
Northwest Native Americans - Totem Poles
We created an information page for each group of Native Americans and then published them in this cute Native American foldable person.